“In the Cropped series, I used digital sources of my own photographs and other images found on the internet as reference for large-scale graphite drawings. Through these lenses something is frequently lost. This work uncovers the humanity lying beyond the pixilated surface of my subjects. I sought out ‘sitters’ who inspired me artistically whether I found them in my physical community or as strangers on the World Wide Web. My long-distance subjects uploaded photographic self-portraits. Their goals might have included establishing old or obtaining new friendships as well as searching for sex, whether it be in person or via cables circling the globe. In this age of human isolation, it is often through computerized media that self exposure becomes intimate.
– Seth Ruggles Hiler,
CROPPED Exhibition, Guerilla Galleries (GuGa) at Gallery One, Newark, NJ